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Life’s Challenges

Refinement by fire

I find the concept of trial-by-comfort pretty appealing. It sounds so much better than the whole trial-by-fire thing, which is a concept I’m not…

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Punishment pays for your sin

At Sensō-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, there’s a shrine to Kume no Heinai. An expert swordsman of the 17th century, Kume killed…

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Nothing to crow about

I have a question for anyone who knows anything about chickens. How long does a rooster live? I have new neighbors who raise chickens…

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Why am I still broken?

Perhaps you’ve heard church sermons portraying how wonderful the Christian life is. Perhaps you’ve heard thrilling testimonies from people whose lives were transformed by…

Life’s Challenges

Pray without fear—it’s your Father!

I can’t help it. I am so aware of my sinful shortcomings (good thing) that I feel too embarrassed and unworthy to pray (bad…

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Big forgiveness, big love

There are some very bad boys in the Bible. Some bad girls too. One of them had been so convicted and so encouraged by…

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Living with loss: Your reputation

The past cannot be changed. What a heavy burden on all fools and sinners! Our misdeeds, our failings, our thefts and lies and moral…

Social Issues

How can I trust God with everything going on right now?

Are you someone who’s skeptical of God right now? Maybe you catch the news and wonder how he could allow all the messes we’re…

Prayer

You’ve got God’s phone number

Last year J. J. Watt, an NFL football player, made news when he gave out his phone number and invited people to connect with…

Life’s Challenges

A perfectly good faith

“To the faithful you show yourself faithful” (Psalm 18:25). When I was counseling Christian teenagers, some troubling concerns brought them to my office. Concerns…

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God doesn’t wash your mouth with soap

Naughty words. We hear them. We read them. We say them. We write them.  Back when I was a kid, naughty words were followed…

Taboo

Don’t let porn become corona’s pandemic

I wish the pastor’s text was wrong about porn. A colleague of mine shared some recent data about the correlation between cases of the…